Ed Emmett joined the Kinder Institute for Urban Research as a senior fellow in 2019. With extensive expertise in transportation policy and community resilience, he is available for speaking engagements through the Kinder Institute Speaker's Bureau. 

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Ed Emmett is a professor in the practice at Rice University with a focus on public policy, and a fellow at Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders. He is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute.

From 2007 until 2019, Emmett served as county judge of Harris County, Texas. In this position, Emmett was also the director of homeland security and emergency management, a role which established him as a national leader in emergency response and community resilience.

In the News

Emmett: Post-Harvey resilience requires regional vision, cooperation [Opinion]. Houston Chronicle

A year after Harvey, the voters overwhelmingly supported a new approach by giving 86 percent approval to Harris County’s $2.5 billion bond proposal for hundreds of new flood-control projects. At that time, in outlining my proposal for a path to preventing future flood disasters, I cautioned, “The sense of urgency created by Harvey will fade, so we must quickly commit ourselves to a comprehensive plan to redefine Harris County and the surrounding region as a global model for living and working in a flood-prone area.” Now, two years later, where does the Houston area stand regarding flood mitigation and resilience? Read more »

Big Man on Campus: Ed Emmett gives a glimpse into his new role in academia. Houston Business Journal.

In his office at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, Ed Emmett keeps the decor pretty focused on his subject matter expertise. Along with hats that read “Hunker Down” and “Hurricane Ike 2008,” books on Houston history and the Astrodome sit on a shelf near a small black elephant figurine from the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce...Now, as a professor and fellow at Rice University, he actually has two offices that can hold memorabilia from his decades-long career as a public figure, most recently and notably as county judge for the Harris County Commissioners Court, where he served from 2007 to January 2019. Read more »